■ Sunday: welcome reception at Sorrento ■ Monday: Cid Harbour to Nara Inlet ■ Tuesday: Nara Inlet to Tongue Bay ■ Wednesday: Tongue Bay to Whitehaven Beach ■ Thursday: Free day, head to South Molle Island ■ Friday: Funnel Bay to Airlie Beach ■ Saturday: Airlie Beach for this first-time challenge
Those participating compete in four different races ac- companied by their families and friends on board their own or chartered sailing or motor yacht. Mr Cole said while he would have loved to have seen double the amount of people sign up, he was still very excited about the event.
“It’s something really new and exciting. It’s really going to be a fun event,” he said.
Mr Cole said SUP wasn’t a hard sport to learn, with the challenge offering the opportunity for both experienced and amateurs to test their skills.
“(It’s) open to anybody,” he said, adding the number of people to be seen out on the wa- ter on their stand up paddleboards in the Whitsundays was increasing.
“It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the world.”
The challenge’s final day on May 23 will be held off Airlie Beach and Mr Cole has put the call out for everyone to come along.
“If you can’t get away for the week, then on Saturday we’d like to see as many people as possible to help support this event,” he said.
For more information or to register for the event, go to www.whitsundaysupchallenge.com.